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IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 3. Kelly Brown
Kelly David Robert Brown was born on 8th June 1982 in Edinburgh. His older brother Rowan represented Scottish schools at rugby and Kelly followed in his big brother’s footsteps. He attended Earlston High school and went on to study Sports Science at Edinburgh University. His prowess was noted at a young age and he was selected to represent Borders at Under 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 (not sure what happened to 17!) He also represented Scotland at under 16, under 18, under 19 (including 4 games in the 2001 World Championships in Chile) & under 21 level (playing 15 times including a victory over England in 2003). His leadership abilities were noticed early on and he was chosen to captain Scottish Schools in their last game against Spain in 2000.
An Episodic quiz to accompany the 2017 Lions tour
Questions will be added to the front page throughout the tour. Please email your answers to Elsathelioness13 at gmail.com having used the special character rather then 'at'. Please do not put answers on the message board.
END OF SEASON POLL 2017
So after the "phoney" election, now is time for the real thing! Yes it is the Annual End of season Poll! There are a few tweaks to the categories this year just to keep everything interesting. Closing date is Friday 30th June Everyone is welcome to vote in some or all categogies but please send your votes to unofish at hotmail dot co dot uk, DO NOT POST THEM HERE
IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 2. BIG JIM HAMILTON
James Leigh Hamilton was born on 17th November 1982 in Swindon England. He was a kid from a council estate, a boy from a broken family (his Scottish dad and half English half Chinese mum divorced when he was young which led to Jim living over his mum’s family’s Chinese Restaurant in Coventry).
IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
The first in a series of articles saying Goodbye to some of The Saracens of 2017 who are moving on. 1. CHRIS ASHTON
A GAME TOO FAR - BUT WE'RE STILL CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!!!
In the words of that great Scottish bard Jim “Rabbie Burns” Hamilton, there are only so many times you can go to the well before it runs dry”. Today the well was dry and despite this fabulous, brave lionhearted team digging with their bare fingernails, there was nothing left.
CLASH OF THE UNBEATABLES
Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens Aviva Premiership Rugby Semi Final Saturday 20 May Sandy Park After the euphoria of Saturday, Saracens face a challenge every bit as strong as Clermont as they travel to Devon to face an Exeter side who have not been beaten in 15 Premiership matches since they lost at home to Bath in late October, denoting a side, much like their opponents, who find a way to win. As Saracens have gradually built towards European dominance, Exeter appear to be evolving towards a Premiership title, but will it be this season as Sarries' hunger remains for the "double double" undiminished
MINE'S A DOUBLE SCOTCH
ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE v SARACENS, European Champions Cup Final, Sat 13th May 2017, Murrayfield I am not by nature superstitious, however when it comes to something like a European final, it’s not unnatural to check the omens are favourable. And it was looking good. An uneventful journey on Friday night to our hotel in Peebles, a French Team beat an English one in the Challenge Cup (sorry Gloucester), a Curlew seen out of the car window within 5 minutes of me saying “we’re in Curlew country”, it was raining and best of all a fabulous little Dipper outside my bedroom window on Saturday morning. It felt as if the Gods were smiling on us.
THE EPIC JOURNEY
ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Saracens The European Champions Cup Final Saturday 13 May Murrayfield As recently as 2010/11, Saracens had a miserable season in the Heineken Cup, winning just one from six pool matches in their return to top flight competition. Since that campaign, they have steadily improved to the situation now, bidding to retain the title they gained in Lyon last season.
An Armchair Ride to the Ricoh
I haven’t previously written a write-up of a game watched half from an armchair and half hiding behind it, but let’s see what I can make of the must-win game at the Ricoh yesterday. For Wasps this was a must-win game. Wasps in a semi-final at their fortress will fancy taking on anyone who crosses their path to Twickenham, but Wasps at Sandy Lane or Allianz Park would be an altogether more doubtful proposition. For Sarries this was a nice-to-win game. They know they can win anywhere, home or away, and that knowledge is based on experience.